I received a copy of The Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. For some reason, this book took me awhile to read. It wasn’t a boring read, but it went by slowly, like a soothing breeze. While the story is a romance, it is also a story about family ties and friendships, the type of book that I often enjoy reading.
“Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. But now that she’s back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother’s cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she’s been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean’s touch on her skin . . . True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost? Sean Carmichael still doesn’t know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he’s still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?”
Each of the characters in this book has a background story, and I enjoyed learning about each of them. Charlie and Sean really seem to be a case of opposites attract, or maybe their relationship developed because they grew up together, because they don’t have all that much in common. Charlie is a journalist who travels the world seeking out the action. Sean is a small-town man who runs his family’s business. However, they both realize that there may be things they are missing in their respective lives. Charlie becomes closer with her sister and learns more about her childhood. Sean bonds with his son. And of course, they rekindle their previous relationship which ended when they were 18.
I would have liked to learn more about the Firefly Lake setting because I found the location hard to imagine. The cottage itself could have used more descriptive details as well. Even so, it was clear that the town was loved and the homes were very much a part of the story. As far as summer books go, this is a sweet one to pick up and read during your down time!
The Cottage at Firefly Lake is the first book in the Firefly Lake series. The next book, Summer on Firefly Lake, comes out on July 25, 2017.
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